Cause célèbre (1987)

When the ailing husband of an adulterous wife is discovered bludgeoned to death and suspicions fall on the older woman's young lover, the newly widowed woman claims that it was she who was solely responsible for the death despite evidence that points to the contrary in this dramatic account of true-life 1935 trial that shocked all of England. Though notable evidence and strong suspicion suggests that the murder may have been of crime of passion perpetrated by the jealous lover only half her age, Alma Rattenbury (Helen Mirren) confesses to the murder of her husband and is soon brought to trial. Despite the fact that Alma is already being deemed guilty by the general public for her adulterous indiscretion alone, her lawyer, star attorney T.J. O'Connor (David Suchet), remains convinced that his client will eventually be cleared of all charges.

  • John Gorrie
  • Terence Rattigan
  • Ken Taylor
themoviedb icon 7.5/10
  • Release Date: 1987-08-23
  • Views: 541
  • Country: GB
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 109

Helen Mirren

Alma Rattenbury

David Morrissey

George Bowman

Oliver Ford Davies

J.D. Casswell

David Suchet

T.J. O'Connor

Harry Andrews

Francis Rattenbury

Norma West

Irene Riggs

Clive Swift

P.P. Croom Johnson

Geoffrey Bayldon

Mr. Justice Humphreys

David Simeon

Inspector Carter

Joe Anderson

Little John

Timothy Kightley

Lewis Manning

Paul Greenhalgh

Clerk of the Court

Harry Fielder

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